(Operates between May-September).
The main objective is to gain awesome, hands-on, experience within the conservation world, in this case working with Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta caretta), as well as develop your own personal and professional attributes. You’ll start by taking in the local culture, like all of our trips, checking out Athens and some incredible Ancient Greek sites as well as visit the Turtle Rescue Centre. Here you’ll start to understand more about the project, the issues the turtles face and how they’re protected and rehabilitated. You’ll then head out to the programme where you’ll be camping under the stars and rising early to look for turtle tracks. Identifying nests and relocations are a really important part of what you’ll be doing as this will protect nesting sites from both natural predators, such as birds and dogs, and tourists. You’ll also learn heaps about their behaviour and ecological importance. To gain this kind of experience is fundamental for those seeking a career in conservation but if not you’ll still have an epic trip, develop a range of personal attributes and help us towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In this case, focusing on Life Below Water and Life On Land.
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Athens. Depending on your arrival time you’ll walk around the old market area of Plaka or relax in the hotel ready for tomorrow.
Following breakfast, you’ll head off to the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum and then onto a very typical Mediterranean feast for lunch. Following this, you’ll head to the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre and see some of the incredible work we do to help injured turtles get back out to sea.
Before reaching the Turtle project, you’ll visit some very important Ancient Greek sites and en-route visit a spectacular piece of engineering known as the Corinth Canal. You’ll then make your way to the campsite and have your first Turtle conservation induction.
During the project, you’ll participate in conservation activities such as:
- Morning surveys; locating and excavating nests
- Night surveys; data collection and tagging*
- Protecting and marking nests for tracking and recovery
- Beach patrols in order to raise awareness, and
- Maintenance of the equipment and sites
You’ll make your way back to Athens and have the afternoon to relax before your farewell dinner. Depending on the weather “and movie” we may squeeze in a pretty cool rooftop cinema.
what to expect
- Private vehicle for all transfers
- Activities and entrance fees as per itinerary
- Professional English speaking guide for Athens and sites
- Turtle project participation fees
- Food and Accommodation
- International Flights, personal insurance and visas (if applicable)
- Snacks and drinks
- Expenditure of a personal nature
- Tips for leaders, guides and driver
- Services not mentioned in included
Based on twin sharing (Single supplement £100)
£1200 per person
Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability. Therefore quoted rates might change accordingly.
Travel insurance is compulsory for anyone travelling with us so please ensure that have the appropriate level of cover, we highly recommend Covermore. This insurance must cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the categories of cover.